Posts Tagged: NBA

Coyote Ugly

The Washington Capitals have not always resembled last year’s Stanley Cup champs with the most recent occurrence coming on Sunday when they dropped an ugly 4-1 decision at home to the Arizona Coyotes. Currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division, the Caps will try to find some success on the road tonight as they face the Minnesota Wild. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Nick Of Time

The San Francisco 49ers were down two QBs and had lost six games in a row when they were forced to turn to Nick Mullens to take over the offense. All Mullens did was rack up the most productive NFL debut since the merger in leading the Niners to a 34-3 thrashing of the Raiders. Mullens will be back under… Read more »

Orange You Glad

It’s not often Syracuse gets to be excited about its football program, but there is optimism in the Carrier Dome these days as the Orange have posted a 7-2 record and have their highest ranking in the AP Poll (No. 13) since the days of Donovan McNabb back in 1998. Dino Babers’ team gets a chance to build on that… Read more »

Carolina On Their Mind

After stumbling to a 1-2-1 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) have righted the ship with four straight victories, including a 23-16 win at Baltimore last week that secured their lead in the AFC North standings.  They’ll get another strong test tonight as the Steelers host a Carolina Panthers team (6-2) that has won three in a row. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Not OK

Just when the OKC Thunder were turning things around, they’ve hit a little bump in the road with Russell Westbrook’s ankle injury. The All-Star guard is expected to miss tonight’s contest against the Cavaliers as the Thunder will try to extend their five-game winning streak without him. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click… Read more »

Self Improvement

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks came up just short last season in their quest to win a national championship when they fell to Villanova in the semifinals of the Final Four. But returning starters Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick combined with Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson have Jayhawk fans thinking they can improve on last season’s effort and win it all this… Read more »

Golden Nugget

At least for now, the Golden State Warriors aren’t the only team to talk about in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets (8-1, No. 2 in Dunkel’s NBA rankings) are off to their best start since 1976-77 — their first year in the NBA. One of those wins came against the Warriors. Tonight, the Nuggets will get another chance to… Read more »

Get Your GOAT

Usually a conversation about greatest NFL quarterbacks of all-time includes both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. That debate will get a little extra juice tonight as the two QBs face off with the Packers heading to Foxboro to take on the Patriots. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click HERE. After posting a franchise-best 7-0… Read more »

Time To Be Greedy

The Alabama-LSU game is always circled in advance as a contest not to be missed and this year’s version doesn’t look to disappoint. The Crimson Tide (8-0; No. 1 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) and Tigers (7-1; No. 7) both made the initial CFP rankings, giving the SEC-haters plenty to chew on. If the Tigers are going to stay there after… Read more »

Held At Bay

There was some excitement in the California Bay area before the start of the NFL season with the Raiders adding new head coach Jon Gruden and the 49ers anticipating a full year out of rising-star QB Jimmy Garoppolo. But that excitement has turned into major disappointment as the Raiders (1-6; No. 32 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have looked lost under… Read more »

Deflated Ball

Despite the addition of LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers have not shown a significant turnaround from last season’s woes. One of the disappointments so far has been the inconsistent play of Lonzo Ball. The second-year point guard is coming his worst game of the season on Monday when he scored just four points and tallied only one rebound and… Read more »

Everybody Beating The Wiz

The Washington Wizards were expected to contend in the LeBron-less NBA Eastern Conference, but so far look more like a cellar-dweller than a title-contender. A 1-5 record and the worst defense in the league (125.0 ppg allowed) have critics calling for head coach Scott Brooks’ job. He’ll try to deflect some of that heat and squeeze out a win tonight… Read more »

Bill Collection

The New England Patriots have dominated a lot of teams during the Tom Brady era, but none more so than the Buffalo Bills. The Pats are 28-3 against Buffalo since Brady took over at QB, which represents the most victories by any quarterback against a single team in NFL history. Brady and the Patriots will try to add another one… Read more »

California Dreaming

It’s been a tough season so far for the Navy Midshipmen (2-5; No. 90 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) but they could shock the college football world tonight if they somehow find a way to knock off undefeated Notre Dame (7-0; No. 11) as the two teams meet in San Diego for their annual contest. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Spitting Mad

The struggle for supremacy in the NBA Western Conference is expected to be intense this year and we’ve already seen that play out on the court. On Saturday, the Lakers and Rockets got into a brawl after Chris Paul alleged that Rajon Rondo had spit on him. The result was a number of suspensions handed down by the league, including… Read more »

Giant Headache

A 1-5 start (No. 30 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) has the New York Giants asking a lot of questions, including whether QB Eli Manning is over the hill and WR Odell Beckham Jr. was worth all the money they gave him in the off-season.  Unfortunately, the problems have overshadowed the electrifying performance of rookie RB Saquon Barkley, who piled up… Read more »

Big 12 Reunion

Sunday night’s contest between the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2; No. 9 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) and Kansas City Chiefs (5-1; No. 2) is also a chance for the Big 12 to highlight two of its former QBs as Andy Dalton (TCU) squares off against Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech). Dalton has been his usual solid self (14 TDs; 94.4 QBR), while Mahomes… Read more »

Pelican Brief

Perhaps the most eye-popping opener of the NBA regular season was the New Orleans Pelicans going into Houston and demolishing one of the league’s premier teams, 131-112. Anthony Davis was his usual exceptional self with 32 points and 16 rebounds, while the addition of Julius Randle (25 points) off the bench yielded immediate dividends. Tonight, the Pelicans will carry that… Read more »

Cold Case

The Denver Broncos (2-4; No. 26 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have lost four straight games and all fingers are pointing at new QB Case Keenum as a big part of the problem. Brought in to finally resolve Denver’s QB woes post-Peyton Manning, Keenum has been substandard (7 TDs against 8 INTs) and the Bronco offense has been lackluster at best…. Read more »

Rocket Booster?

The Houston Rockets came up just short in their attempt to unseat the Golden State Warriors last year as the dominant team in the Western Conference. In an effort to get over that hump, the Rockets made an interesting move in the off-season by acquiring Carmelo Anthony. Anthony didn’t exactly mesh with superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George during his… Read more »

Lone Warriors

After back-to-back championships and three in the last four seasons, it’s clear the Golden State Warriors stand alone atop the NBA. Beginning tonight, the Warriors will try to become the first team since the 2000-02 LA Lakers to win three straight titles as they open the regular season at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Justin Time

The LA Dodgers were staring at an 0-2 hole in the NLCS series against the Brewers when Justin Turner changed the outcome with one swing of the bat. Turner’s 2-run HR in the top of the eighth inning of Game 2 propelled the Dodgers to a 4-3 win and tied the series at 1-apiece as the venue shifts to Dodger… Read more »

Process Of Elimination

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew Game 1 of the NBA Finals and that missed opportunity loomed larger as the Cavs dropped the next two to Golden State. Cleveland now finds itself in the dreaded 0-3 series hole, a place where no team has ever dug out (0-for-131) in NBA playoff history. The Cavs have proven a tough out in elimination games,… Read more »

Cap It Off?

After dropping the opener of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Washington Capitals have won three straight behind the inspired play of captain Alex Ovechkin and goalie Braden Holtby. With one more win needed to capture their first Cup in team history, the Caps will try to get it done tonight in Las Vegas. To get the Index’ pick for the… Read more »

Familiar Territory

Being down 0-2 to the Warriors in the NBA Finals is nothing new for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Two years ago, they faced the same deficit and were able to win Game 3 in Cleveland and eventually went on to win the championship. Last year, facing the same scenario, they blew a late lead and ended up losing Game 3 and… Read more »

Houston By Way Of Dallas

The Houston Astros have hit a rough patch, dropping six of their last nine, to fall a game behind the surging Seattle Mariners in the AL West standings. But they’ve got a chance to erase the deficit as the Astros host a short two-game set against the M’s starting tonight. Houston will go with Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 3.65) on the… Read more »

Familiar Ring

Red Sox manager Alex Cora received his 2017 World Series ring last night after serving as the bench coach for the world-champion Houston Astros last season. Cora then watched a familiar sight as Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros bullpen shut down his potent Boston lineup and took the series-opener, 4-2. It could be more of the same tonight as… Read more »

Four On The Floor

The calendar is about ready to flip to June, which means it’s that time of year for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors to decide the NBA championship. For the fourth straight season, these two teams will meet in the Finals. The Warriors have taken two of the first three matchups and look to be prohibitive favorites coming into… Read more »

Error Of Their Ways

It certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty for the New York Yankees last night as the team committed five errors in its game against the Houston Astros. But Gleyber Torres saved the day with an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Bronx Bombers won for just the fourth time since 1960 when committing five or more errors in… Read more »

Expansion Plans

While the NHL wanted to ensure that the Vegas Golden Knights had an adequate stock of decent players in their first year of existence, no one could have imagined that they’d make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. But that’s where the Knights find themselves as just the second expansion team (the 1968 St. Louis Blues were… Read more »

Dirty Dozen

Twelve points was the theme in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between Golden State and Houston. It was the number that the Warriors were up at one point in the fourth quarter, but it was also the number of points that Golden State’s usually high-powered offense was held to in the entire period. Houston’s 25-12 advantage in… Read more »

Even Stevens

The Celtics rocked the Cavaliers by taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Brad Stevens’ club gave it all back in Cleveland and now finds itself tied up as the series moves back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5. The good news for Stevens and the Celts is that TD Garden has been a friendly confine… Read more »

Green Piece

Never shy about voicing his opinions, Golden State’s Draymond Green gave the media a juicy nugget after practice yesterday when he said the problem with the Warriors performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was they didn’t feel threatened. “I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Green said. After Houston’s 127-105 thumping, the Rockets are… Read more »

Believeland?

LeBron James has single-handedly transformed Cleveland from a city that expects to lose to one that was dubbed Believeland after he delivered an NBA title two seasons ago. But James ability to get the Cavaliers over the hump has been put to the challenge in this series against Boston. The Celtics took the first two games at home in convincing… Read more »

Fleury Of Activity

The Winnipeg Jets had numerous scoring opportunities in Game 3, but were stymied by the acrobatic goaltending of Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury’s 33 saves helped preserve a 4-2 win for the Golden Knights and gave the surprising expansion team a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Jets will try to solve the three-time Stanley Cup champ tonight in… Read more »

Road To Redemption

The Washington Capitals have been a snakebit organization when it comes to the postseason, but this year looks to be different. A big part of the Caps’ turnaround has been their play on the road. Barry Trotz’ team is an impressive 7-1 away from home in the playoffs, including taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in… Read more »

Waiting Game

Since early in the NBA regular season, the anticipated matchup between Golden State and Houston in the Western Conference Finals has been foremost on basketball aficionado’s minds. With the tip-off tonight, the wait is finally over as the No. 1 seed Rockets (65-17) host the No. 2 seed and defending-champion Warriors (58-24) in Game 1. To get our pick for… Read more »

Boston Med

All season long, the Boston Celtics have battled injuries starting with Gordon Hayward’s season-ending ankle injury in the season-opener and extending through Kyrie Irving’s season-ending knee injury late in the regular season. But somehow Brad Stevens remaining unit has overcome the obstacles and now finds itself in the Eastern Conference Final against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 1… Read more »

Knight Shift

Even though they weren’t even in existence at this point last year, the Vegas Golden Knights continue to perform like a veteran squad. After finishing with the third-best record in the Western Conference, the Golden Knights swept the Kings in the first round of the playoffs and then dispatched the Sharks in six games to advance to the Western Conference… Read more »

New York Mess

After a strong start to the MLB season, the New York Mets have reversed course and find themselves struggling to stay above .500 (18-17) after dropping eight of their last nine games. Mickey Callaway’s team has looked out of sorts during the turnaround as well with the latest snafu occurring when the Mets batted out of order against the Reds… Read more »

Wilson!

It’s hard enough to play your nemesis in the postseason, but for the Washington Capitals, that scenario was made even more difficult by the recent suspension of enforcer Tom Wilson. Wilson’s absence was fairly apparent in Washington’s Game 4 loss to the Penguins as the top line that he usually mans with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov managed just five… Read more »